Re:When is an MP3 file like a lighthouse?

From: Alex F. Bokov (
Date: Thu Oct 25 2001 - 19:19:13 MDT


On Thu, 25 Oct 2001, Brian D Williams wrote:

> There is nothing to prevent you from creating material and

Yes there is. Closed hardware specifications from manufacturers being
strongarmed by Microsoft. Driver and application signing. The software
as service model. Bundling. Most importantly, the ongoing legal
assault electronic freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and
freedom from unreasonable search and seizure which are MORE important
than their meatspace counterparts.

> Actually being in possession of illegally copied material is
> defined in the criminal code as theft.

Yes, and hiring a hooker is defined as a sexual offense in most
places. And smoking a joint is defined as some kind of narcotics
violation (except in the UK as of recently, congrats to all the
British list members). And all we need are a few more school shootings
and even more types of guns will get defined as assault weapons. Legal
definitions don't impress me as much as they used to.

> >No, I haven't, but it's my own fault for not being clear enough.
> >I meant the answer to the question "When is an MP3 anything but a
> >nonexcludable, nonrival good?"
> The only time an MP3 is a nonexcludable nonrival good is when it is
> explicitly created of independently created material and as such
> the creator forgoes all claim.

You're again confusing your personal concept of morality with the
facts on the ground. If I create a lighthouse, my claims on it make
not one whit of difference in whether or not ships are going to use
it for navigation. Not without lighthouse cops on every ship making
sure that nobody on board is looking at my lighthouse.

> In other words like I said you can create your own independent work
> and release it for free.


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